Aloft Cleveland Downtown, the high-rise hotel ascending from the East Bank of the Flats was the venue on Tuesday, April 18 for the Hometown Hero Blood Drive (formerly known as the Bloodsucker’s Ball,) the annual event sponsored by our partners at 98.5 WNCX.
Ronald Pitts of Cleveland said he donates as regularly as he can (donors can give whole blood every 56 days.) “I’m O negative, so they really want my blood.”
Type O negative blood is known as the universal blood type, because it can be transfused to patients of all blood types. It is always in great demand and often in short supply.
Karen Hausler believes that by donating blood regularly, she is not only helping others in need, but also herself.
“I think it rejuvenates the body,” she said. “I’m 70, and I think it has helped me!”
Dave Popovich, Vice President of Programming for CBS Radio in Cleveland, made his annual donation of red blood cells for the Red Cross.
In all, donors contributed 276 pints of blood during the Hometown Hero event.
You can become a “Hometown Hero” by donating blood to the Red Cross. Download the Red Cross Blood App to schedule your appointment, or text BLOODAPP to 90999 from you smart phone, or visit redcrossblood.org. You can also make an appointment by calling 1-800 RED CROSS.